Miko is a self-taught
musician and he started playing bass when he was 17. Originally from the
Philippines, he played all over the country with artists and bands such as
Soul Food, Parliament Syndicate, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Kyla, and Nino Alejandro.
He was also the bass player for the Light
of Jesus Community. This is where he first picked up the bass. They needed a
bass player, Miko was a guitar player back then and was called to do the
switch. He has been a bass player ever since.
His love for music is in jazz that's why he
is involved in different jazz groups and projects around Southern
California. He also does freelance bass work with different bands and
artists playing pop, R&B, and dance music.
Being a resident in
the US since 2003, he lives with his wife in Orange County and works in the
Ken fell in love with the
saxophone at an early age. Growing up in Detroit immersed
him in a wide variety of musical idioms - from jazz, to latin,
funk, R&B, and soul; and back again.
His earliest influences
were Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker.
A little later, he moved on to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Louis
Armstrong, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, The Jazz Crusaders,
Bob Berg, Weather Report, Ronnie Laws, just to name a few.
While attending the
University of Michigan, Ken played in and around Detroit in
bands of all shapes and sizes, from Latin to R&B to jazz.
His main influences (in
alphabetical order) are: Richard Bona, George Clinton, Kenny
Garrett, Steve Grossman, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, and McCoy
His other interests
include working in IT for the major film studios (Disney,
Universal, Fox, Sony), something he has done since 1991.
Doug is the rhythmical
glue of the band; he breathes life into the music and makes it
fun for everyone. He has an exceptional ability to
simultaneously play expressively and creatively while
maintaining form and time with the precision of an atomic clock!
We are very fortunate to have Doug in our group and truly
appreciate his skill, talent, experience, and sense of
Doug has been playing
drums since the age of 12 and has been involved with many bands,
such as: the Marine Corps Band, New York Jazz Connection,
and the John Henderson Orchestra. He also plays a mean
Doug holds an MBA from
Pepperdine University and works as a manager for an Irvine based
Vince has played guitar for
over 36 years; mostly Jazz. He
studied with: Peter Sprague, Joe Diorio, Ted Greene, Carl Schroeder, & Dave
Bunch; and attended Musician's Institute in 1980. His primary
influences are Pat Metheny, Charlie Parker, Pat Martino, and Peter Sprague.
first love is music, his other interests include electronics and flying.
He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1986, and currently
works as a consultant to a couple of wireless communication companies as a
system architect. Vince is also an FAA certified flight instructor
(MEII); and holds a commercial pilots license.